Roehampton Sure Start Programme to get over £2 million

The Department for Education have officially approved over £2 million to go to Roehampton's children through the SureStart programme over the next three years.

900 children should benefit directly from Sure Start Roehampton and organisers can now start to roll out SureStart services.

SureStart works with parents-to-be, parents, and children to tackle disadvantage and facilitate maximum intellectual and physical development. It also works on the principle of encouraging parental involvement in local childcare decisions.

Tony Colman, the Member of Parliament for the area said:

"The aim of SureStart is to realise the Government's target of halving child poverty by 2010, and I want to see this happen in Roehampton. The partnership of parents and experts in Roehampton has worked really hard to ensure that the services provided are well tailored to local needs and the preferences of parents' and parents' to be. I commend the effort made by the coordinators and also the parents who have contributed to the setting up of the programme."

Parents living in the Roehampton area can find out more about how they can get involved and reap the benefits of this initiative by contacting the National SureStart Office on 0870 001 2345

8th July 2003

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